Suf·​folk ˈsə-fək How to pronounce Suffolk (audio)
: any of a breed of chestnut-colored draft horses of English origin

called also Suffolk punch

: any of a breed of large hornless black-faced sheep of English origin raised chiefly for mutton

Word History


Suffolk, England

First Known Use

1831, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Suffolk was in 1831

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Cite this Entry

“Suffolk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Suf·​folk ˈsə-fək How to pronounce Suffolk (audio)
 US also  -ˌfȯk
independent city in southeastern Virginia population 84,585
county of eastern England bordering on the North Sea; capital Ipswich area 1520 miles (3937 kilometers), population 728,163

Note: Suffolk was formerly divided into the administrative counties of East Suffolk (whose capital was Ipswich) and West Suffolk (whose capital was Bury Saint Edmunds).

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